July 2014 Blog Posts (12)

Lessons from “the other side”: teaching and learning from doctors’ illness narratives

Many doctors who become patients have been shocked by their experiences from “the other side.” Jonathon Tomlinson looks at these writings and considers what can be learnt from them.

Read more. . .

Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2014 at 20:39 — No Comments

Journal of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry is an international and interdisciplinary forum for the publication of work in three interrelated fields: medical and psychiatric anthropology, cross-cultural psychiatry, and related cross-societal and clinical epidemiological studies. This peer-reviewed journal publishes original research, and theoretical papers based on original research, on all subjects in each of these fields (see …


Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2014 at 12:42 — No Comments

Comics and Mental Health: Call for submissions


Comics and Mental Health

A special themed edition of Asylum magazine

Comics and graphic novels are currently receiving increased attention in academic disciplines while enjoying widespread acclaim through popular culture. Many of the most acclaimed comics use themes and characters that directly or indirectly touch on mental health in ways that are potentially thoughtful, challenging and provocative but also manipulative, voyeuristic and stereotypical. Key…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2014 at 11:24 — No Comments

Inclusive Assessment in Practice Conference: Call for Papers

​MONDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2014, 10.30-4.00
Plymouth University  
**Call for Abstracts: deadline – 5pm, Friday 22nd August 2014**
Assessment is a critical and evolving practice as universities respond to the changing needs of students in Higher Education (HE). Inclusive assessment practices improve the opportunities for students to demonstrate they have achieved their…

Added by Jill Anderson on July 29, 2014 at 9:49 — No Comments

Psychosocial Studies Conference - Call for Papers

Psychosocial Studies is committed to the study of the ways in which the psychic and the social are fundamentally entangled with each other. Psychological issues and subjective experiences cannot be abstracted from social, cultural and historical contexts. Equally, social and cultural worlds have psychological dimensions and are shaped by intra-psychic processes and intersubjective relations. Psychosocial Studies has strong links with various fields of practice, particularly the health…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 29, 2014 at 9:08 — No Comments

Conditions of Flexibility: securing a more responsive higher education system

The long-anticipated culmination to the HEA’s research series Flexible Pedagogies: preparing for the future (…

Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2014 at 8:21 — No Comments

Vacancy: Director of Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham, UK

University of Nottingham - School of Medicine - Institute of Mental Health

Location: Nottingham Salary: Not specified Hours: Full Time Contract: Permanent Placed on: 21st July 2014 Closes: 9th September 2014

School of Medicine - Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

See here for…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Authenticity to Action Conference: 'Involve and Evolve' Call for abstracts.

Conference Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Authenticity to Action Conference

‘Involve and Evolve’

Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th March 2015

Samlesbury Hotel

Preston New Road





Added by Jill Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 17:37 — No Comments

The Toxic Academy and the Broken Academic

I am writing about the experience of mental illness in higher education.  Below I have a number of links to my blog where I share some of the work-in-progress.  Wherever I have presented this or discussed it I have received a massive response.  Also, recently I have come across discussions around the 'Slow University' (http://myweb.lmu.edu/btreanor/Slow_University.html), 'Slow Science' (…


Added by Simon Warren on July 16, 2014 at 10:06 — 2 Comments

The Beautiful Risk of Education: new book by Gert Biesta

This is a book about what many teachers know but are increasingly being prevented from talking about: that real education always involves a risk. The risk is there because, as W. B. Yeats has put it, education is not about filling a bucket but about lighting a fire. It is there because education is not an interaction between machines, but an encounter between human beings. It is there because students are not to be seen as objects to be molded and disciplined, but as subjects of action…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2014 at 20:37 — No Comments

Research comparing crisis houses with inpatient care.

Background: Poor service user experiences are often reported on mental health inpatient wards. Crisis houses are an alternative, but evidence is limited. This paper investigates therapeutic alliances in acute wards and crisis houses, exploring how far stronger therapeutic alliance may underlie greater client satisfaction in crisis houses.

Methods and Findings: Mixed methods were used. In the quantitative component, 108 crisis house and 247 acute ward service users responded to…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments


Dori Kirchmair recently contacted me about her powerful piece of writing - 'Resonance'.  Dori is available to contribute to educational and other sessions - see below:

‘Resonance‘ is a short piece of writing about connecting with what resonates with us, what feels truly right for us; where we align with our self – your own truth. It will make you think and it will make you laugh, foremost of all – it will inspire and touch you!

I wrote this 12 minutes long short ‘talk/story’…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 2, 2014 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

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QMU launches the world's first Masters in Mad Studies

Posted by Jill Anderson on December 1, 2020 at 11:50 0 Comments

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is launching the world’s first master’s degree in Mad Studies. The MSc Mad Studies course is primarily a course for graduates with lived experience of mental health issues. It has been hailed by a leading international Mad Studies academic as the most exciting piece of curriculum development in the last 20 years!

Mad Studies is a recognised academic discipline that explores the knowledge and actions that have grown…


Unlearning through Mad Studies: disruptive pedagogical praxis

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2020 at 19:00 0 Comments

Medical discourse currently dominates as the defining framework for madness in educational praxis. Consequently, ideas rooted in a mental health/illness binary abound in higher learning, as both curriculum content and through institutional procedures that reinforce structures of normalcy. While madness, then, is included in university spaces, this inclusion proceeds in ways that continue to pathologize madness and disenfranchise mad people.

This paper offers Mad…


Stepchange: mentally healthy universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:48 0 Comments

Earlier this year, UUK published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff by taking a whole university approach to mental health.

The Stepchange approach and shared set of principles inform the …


Think Ahead gets funding to boost its intake.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:41 0 Comments

Fast-track mental health social work provider Think Ahead will expand its intake by 60% from next year following a government funding boost of at least £18m.

The Department of Health and Social Care has agreed a contract with Think Ahead to increase the number of trainees for its 2021 and 2022 cohorts from 100 to 160, with…


Transforming Mental Health Social Work videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:39 0 Comments

Health Education England has commissioned 11 videos centered on real-life experience of specialists in the social work field.

See the video playlist.

Transforming mental health social work - conference report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:37 0 Comments

In February 2020 Health Education England and Skills for Care put on two major conferences about the role and development of mental health social work. 

Download the conference report.

Leadership in mental health social work - web pages

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:33 0 Comments

A section of the Skills for Care website has been developed for mental health social workers and AMHPs

View the web pages here.

Social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide: a scoping review protocol

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:29 1 Comment

Social workers are among the largest group of professionals in the mental health workforce and play a key role in the assessment of mental health, addictions and suicide. Most social workers provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, yet there are gaps in research on social work education and training programmes. The objective of this open access scoping review is to examine literature on social work education and training in mental health, addictions and…


Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:25 0 Comments

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, a new Nuffield Trust report discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so.

Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some  key findings.

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